Don't ask me. Here, a sampling of students and parents can tell you about their experiences.
University of Puget Sound
Jill has an easy and approachable style that was easy for me and my daughter to work with. She asked thoughtful questions, brought up things we hadn't considered or thought of and helped steer us through a notoriously challenging process. She was great at pushing back on me (the mom) when I would feel stressed or anxious about things and reassured me that she and my daughter had it all under control. And they did.
Jill helped direct my daughter through the craft of essay writing and worked with her through deadlines on very sort notice (October of her senior year!). She helped guide her through college decisions. She consistently checked in with me and was always available to answer any questions. She is adept at navigating the delicate balance between parent and child which made the whole process as painless as possible.
We are looking forward to working with her a second time around for our youngest.
A.V. - Parent - Class of 2023
"Jill was a real pleasure for my daughter to work with. Her combination of an upbeat approach and focus on steady tangible progress were the perfect fit. She helped take the stress out of an otherwise challenging endeavor. And her terrific advice on matters ranging from essays to application sequence to selection criteria was invaluable. We are so happy to have had her help."
-MS-Parent - Class of 2022
"Jill made the scariest part of high school the easiest. She helped find the perfect school for me. Without her, I would’ve been lost in the process. She also helped me craft countless essays by making attainable deadlines and a strong personal connection. Whenever I got stuck, Jill was always there to help me because she understood all aspects of my life. She made me feel comfortable and was able to push me to write as well as possible. I honestly don’t think I’d be heading off to my dream school without her. " - QT - Class of 2023
University of Puget Sound
"Jill was recommended to us by a friend whose child was one year ahead of us in the process. We hadn't planned on working with a counselor outside of my daughter's private school, but the enthusiastic referral from our friend led us to schedule a meeting with Jill. In retrospect, that meeting put our daughter on a new, more positive course for the college admissions process. What had been an overwhelming, even dreaded process turned into an organized plan, reasonable milestones and an opportunity for our daughter to feel in control of it all. Jill wisely encouraged our daughter to start the fall of her senior year with a solid draft of her essay and a short list of schools. She kept our daughter on the timeline through occasional meetings to review. Once accepted, Jill graciously made herself available to help our daughter constructively weigh her choices. I can't imagine getting through the entire process from start to finish without having Jill in our corner." - LH - Parent - Class of 2023
Arizona State University
Working with Mrs. Hall took the stress out of my college application and admissions process. Her extensive knowledge of colleges and programs helped me to refine my list of schools and select a school I truly wanted to attend, rather than just the “best” possible school I could get in to. I couldn't be more excited for next year knowing that I'm going somewhere I'll be both valued and successful.
-AH-Class of 2022
"I'm not sure I could have survived the college application process without Jill. As a working parent, the amount of time involved in the process, along with keeping track of deadlines, was overwhelming. Furthermore, it all coincides when a natural separation is occurring between teens and parents and communication already is often strained. Jill was a life saver and allowed me to be present during the process without becoming a total nag.
My daughter started working with Jill the summer before her junior year. There is so much to balance with the application process and school, it was helpful to start then and meet periodically as needed. Jill helped my daughter stay organized, get through the mental blocks, and in the end gain confidence. I also appreciated the way Jill kept me informed of deadlines and next steps. She has a wealth of knowledge about schools and finding a good match. I would not hesitate to recommend Jill as a college counselor, she is absolutely amazing"
-EM-Parent - Class of 2020
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
“Jill is an absolutely amazing counselor. She is great at setting deadlines and at working in a dedicated yet un-intimidating fashion with each student. She helped me so much when it came to telling my best and most authentic story, and helped me find a school that was a perfect fit for me.” -PT- Class of 2019
Santa Clara University
"Mrs. Hall helped me immensely in my college application process. She kept me on top of my deadlines and was always offering very helpful insight. Without Mrs. Hall the application process would have been very stressful and I am so glad we came in contact. With her guidance I was able to create strong essays that I was proud of far before they were due. Additionally, she is very kind and took the time to get to know me, suggesting colleges that might be in my interest. Mrs. Hall’s dedication to her clients is outstanding and I will be forever grateful for her assistance. I am now going to my dream school!" - SB - Class of 2023
University of Puget Sound
"Jill Hall helped my son to consider what he really wanted from a college education. He never seemed overwhelmed by the process, but was instead engaged with it for the three years that he met with her. One of Jill’s greatest skills - a talent, really- is knowing how to ask teenagers the right questions at the right time. From the very beginning she had him thinking more deeply about his interests, his ambitions, his strengths and his weaknesses. As a parent, I never felt left out of the process. Instead, I was really pleased that my teenager was inspired to be prepared when he met with Ms. Hall. She motivated him to answer her take home questions, to research schools, and to develop meaningful goals for himself.
My son recently started his first year of college and he couldn’t be happier. He’s at a school that is challenging for him, in a part of the country that he loves, and is fulfilling his long standing ambition of playing a college level sport. He feels like he’s landed in a place where he can truly develop as a whole person over the next four years, and that is in no small part thanks to Jill’s guidance. I’ll never forget the conversation I had with him after one of his meetings with Ms. Hall. I asked him how things had gone and he replied by paying Jill one of the highest compliments one can receive from a teenager: “I really like talking with her. She just understands high school kids!”
-DS - Parent - Class of 2022
"Jill did a great job helping me stay on top of deadlines and communicating to me what it is I exactly have to do for each college application on the common app. This process seemed daunting and would’ve been much harder without guidance, I think my school counselors and staff do not do a good enough job navigating this process, so it helped to have you there to introduce it to me. One thing that surprised me was Jill seemed to know my strengths/weaknesses/college preferences without me directly telling you everything, and that helped a lot in the process."
-RO - Student - Class of 2022
Jill was an essential part of my college application process. Her expertise on subjects ranging from essay writing to financial aid was crucial to my family and me. She was able to break down each step of the journey into manageable pieces, which allowed me to focus on crafting strong essays without feeling overwhelmed. I so appreciated the way that Jill took the time to get to know me and my needs in order to help me have the most successful application experience. Jill's knowledge and welcoming attitude make her a great fit for any student looking for assistance with their college search and applications.
-ES-Class of 2022
"We were frankly dreading the college application process -- getting our son to do the right research, writing, and decision-making -- but working with Jill made all the difference. She helped him set deadlines, encouraged him through all of the essay writing, and kept him on track throughout. She helped him identify schools that fit with his goals, both the stretch and the more realistic. We were really pleased with the results when the acceptances started to come in and our son had 5 great schools to choose from. We also appreciated Jill's "as needed / pay-as-you-go" approach. For anyone who is even slightly dreading this process, like we were, we highly recommend working with Jill!"
-EL& DW - Parents - Class of 2022
"Ms. Hall made the notoriously stressful process of applying to college seem easy and manageable. From writing essays to making college decisions, she provided support and guidance throughout the whole process. She consistently checked in with me and was always available to answer any questions. Ms. Hall is easy to talk to and genuinely cares about helping students find and apply to colleges that fit their individual needs and goals." CB - Class of 2020
“College choice is overwhelming, and students and their families can get very stressed and anxious over choosing a school. Jill Hall was a calm and steady presence for my daughter during this very fraught time. Jill’s knowledge of colleges and the application process helps her guide students through the maze of finding a ‘fit’ while ensuring they do it on time. Jill has just the right touch in providing information for a student to make the best decision for themselves.” - MK - Parent - Class of 2019
Santa Clara University
“Jill Hall has been helping me with the college application process for almost three years now. I was very hesitant about my writing and the decisions about my future, because I was most likely overwhelmed by having to make such a big decision so soon. Therefore, I valued her honesty the most. Whether it was about the phrasing of a sentence in my essay, the merits of a certain school or deciding my future, Jill was always straightforward and provided the necessary feedback whether it was what I wanted to hear or not. She never sugar-coated her responses, while making sure she was critical and constructive in order to give me the best chance at getting into college. Since Jill was always open and sincere, I felt like I went through the college application process without any surprises, which significantly lowered the stress that came from applications and the decision-making process.” - MK - Class of 2021
“Working with Ms. Hall was an essential part of my college application process, as she helped me craft my Common Application essays and short responses to be specific, concise, and complete in order to reflect my accomplishments. Her help in the college search also was instrumental and helped me reflect on what I truly wanted out of a school and what environment would serve me best as a student.” - SC - Class of 2020
“Navigating the college application process can be a stressful time for both parents and kids. Jill’s help took a lot of that pressure away. She listened and truly wanted the right fit for our son. Her knowledge, insight and advice helped our son identify the best colleges for him to apply to, and then to navigate the application process. As parents, we feel great knowing that Jill has helped our son find the right path to college.” -KG, Parent - Class of 2021
"Ms. Hall was incredibly helpful during each step of my application process. She took the time to understand my needs and interests, and used them to create a highly personalized list of potential colleges. She made sure that my essays appropriately reflected my personality and communicated my abilities as a student. I was able to select my ideal college from an exciting list of acceptances.+ - CB - Class of 2019
University of Georgia Honors College Foundation Fellow
“I first met Jill Hall before I had even thought about applying to colleges. I was immediately impressed by her level of organization and her breadth & depth of knowledge with regard to schools and the application process. Initially I was worried that I was behind the eight ball, but Mrs. Hall put my fears to rest by breaking the whole process down piece by piece. She has this down to a science, complete with binders and backlogs of data on student applications. My expectations were greatly exceeded and after all was finished the only problem I had was determining which school’s offer to accept.” -GE - Class of 2019
“Jill helped our son with all aspects of the college application process. In our first meeting it was clear that she had a great deal of knowledge about specific schools, approaches to the common app and essay that would be helpful to all students going through this process.
She was efficient, no nonsense and encouraged performance. I would recommend her to anyone serious about giving themselves/their kids the best chance of cracking the admissions code at the school of their dreams" BD – Parent – Class of 2021
University of Oregon Clark Honors College
“Jill Hall has been helping me with the college application process for almost three years now. I was very hesitant about my writing and the decisions about my future, because I was most likely overwhelmed by having to make such a big decision so soon. Therefore, I valued her honesty the most. Whether it was about the phrasing of a sentence in my essay, the merits of a certain school or deciding my future, Jill was always straightforward and provided the necessary feedback whether it was what I wanted to hear or not. She never sugar-coated her responses, while making sure she was critical and constructive in order to give me the best chance at getting into college. Since Jill was always open and sincere, I felt like I went through the college application process without any surprises, which significantly lowered the stress that came from applications and the decision-making process.” MK, Class of 2021
Santa Clara University
“Throughout my high school college search, Jill Hall was the voice of reason that helped me realize what I was looking for in a college. She is extremely easy to get along with and has a deep understanding of her clients and the environment that would suit them in the future. I am thankful for her help and am happy with the decision she helped me make.” – KK – Class of 2019